Joseph De Metro

Senior Counsel
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Joseph De Metro is a New York real estate attorney who focuses his practice on commercial leasing matters.

Mr. De Metro has significant experience representing a variety of prestigious landlords and tenants in connection with all areas of leasing office, retail and mixed-used projects throughout the New York City and national markets.

A highlight of Mr. De Metro’s recent engagements include:

  • represented SL Green Realty Corp in connection with the leasing of more than 335,000 square feet of office space to a technology tenant at Hudson Yards
  • represented a national banking association in connection with the licensing of leased space to a retail coffee café licensee for purposes of operating its first "bank café" located in New York City
  • represented the owners of several prominent Class A properties in New York City in connection with their leasing of office and retail space

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. De Metro was a real estate associate in the New York City office of an international law firm. In addition, Mr. De Metro was internal real estate corporate counsel for a Fortune 150 global coffee and food retailer, where he often served as primary counsel in the negotiation and structuring of new leasehold interests, including the leasing of ground-level retail in mixed-use high-rise buildings and the leasing of new retail locations in various shopping center scenarios (e.g., in-line retail, stand-alone outparcel drive-thrus and multitenant buildings benefiting from neighboring shopping center reciprocal easement arrangements).


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Bucknell University, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • American Bar Association
  • The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
  • The National LGBT Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020